If you have pets, toddlers, liquids, foods or people in your house, stains happen. There is no need to panic, as you can get these stains out with products you likely already have at home.
Rather than rearranging the furniture to cover the stains, you can try to get rid of them. Here are some carpet stain removal tips to stop a spill from staying with you forever.
Help with Carpet Stain Removal
For most stains, there are carpet stain removal products available. You can find cleaners for pet stains and odor, or you can make up your own.
You will need to act quickly. The faster you can get to the spill, the better chance you will have of getting rid of it.
Food or Solids
If the spill is something solid, like food, vomit or animal waste, gently scoop up as much as you can.
Try not to rub or grind it into the fibers. Use a spoon to remove as much of the solid part as possible. Then, treat the area with a solution for stains.
This can be a store product or your homemade solution of water with a non-bleach detergent or water and vinegar. Spray the area well, and let it sit for several minutes.
Once the solution has set in, dab at the stain with your wet cloth. Never rub at the stain, as that will grind it in deeper. You may have to repeat this step several times.
Wine, Juice, Mustard
Liquids with deep colors can spread quickly. These can also be difficult to remove. Use a damp cloth to dab and absorb the stain. Avoid rubbing, as that will drive it deeper and cause it to continue to spread.
Depending on the carpet, try using a solution of detergent with water. If that doesn’t work, try something stronger, like ammonia, or color-safe bleach for clothing, diluted with water.
If you are unsure what type of carpet you have, try a test spot in an area that won’t show. For more help, call the experts at a flooring store for advice. They may have a solution or provide the service themselves.
For a tipped over candle or greasy food stain, dab with a paper towel or dry towel. Don’t rub at it or press down too hard. Then, put a towel or paper towel over the stain and run a warm clothes iron across the stain. This should lift most of it into the towel.
For stains, try the solution of water with vinegar or mild detergent to get the rest of the color out from the grease of the candle.
The best way to avoid carpet stains is to not have carpeting. That’s not really a solution at all. Life happens and it’s messy sometimes. Carpet stain removal should be your first solution, before tearing it all out.
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